From subordination to “own work”: Perceived life changes of former Haliya bonded labourers after their liberation
2015 (English)In: ASIA IN FOCUS A Nordic journal on Asia by early career researchers, no 1, 31-38 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
The article discusses the perceived life changes of former Haliya bonded labourers in Nepal after their liberation. It concentrates on the subjective perceptions of the labourers, a field that has had little attention in literature to date. Nineteen semi-structured, in-depth interviews of former Haliyas, were conducted in a rural village in Baitadi, Far-Western Nepal in the summer of 2013. These were then analysed, using qualitative content analysis. The paper is constructed on the concept of social status, more precisely subordination, and it suggests that diminishing subordination, such as caste discrimination, dependency and forcing, is more important in former bonded labourers’ lives than the lack of improvement in material benefits. Therefore it can be argued that the literature on bonded labour stresses too much the quantitative data and the meaning of material conditions, and fails to see the importance of the personal experience and improved social status as the most important change in their lives. This suggests that it might be useful to examine the importance of social status when tackling inequality questions as well.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
NIAS Nordic Institute of Asian Studies , 2015. no 1, 31-38 p.
Nepal, bonded labour, subordination, rural areas, ethnography, content analysis
Social Anthropology Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:norden:org:diva-3893OAI: oai:DiVA.org:norden-3893DiVA: diva2:808790